Greetings again from the studio. It’s cool today–I love this weather. There’s a cup of hot tea here, and my decidedly goofy studio assistant, Mr. Purrsival, is wound up–he wouldn’t hold still for his portrait. He does enjoy showing off, though–here he is, shooting laser beams out of his eyes:
Other than Mr. Purrsival of the Many Talents, I find several things helpful in establishing a creative atmosphere for working: music is a big one for me. Today I’ve listened to quite a bit of ukelele music by Lil Rev (check him out here: http://www.lilrev.com ). Other days I’m in the mood for Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, or Tom Waits–but whatever mood strikes, music can banish the noise of things other than what I want to accomplish in the studio. Life would be so much less colorful without music–I can’t imagine (nor do I want to) what that would be like.
Having the window open on days like today is usually nice (depending on whether the neighbors’ children are laughing and playing, or–bickering with their siblings)–the birds are chirping or squawking or whatever they do, and the smells of flowers, wood smoke and fresh green things slip through the screens and enliven the studio. Purrsival likes this too.
So…with the music going and the window open, we worked this afternoon and it’s been a productive time. There are about ten or twelve paintings, studies, sketches, etc. in various stages of completion leaning together along the top of my bookshelf. I don’t know how many of these images will be worth keeping. Unless I keep pushing and practicing, and allowing myself to be unafraid of failing (heartily, and often) while reminding myself that failing while I learn is probably okay, and trying to remember to enjoy the process, they won’t get better. Some of these I will stop fussing with, and put away to evaluate (then finish, or incinerate, or paint over) at a later date. If it’s a concept or a subject that sticks with me, I’ll take another run at it when I have the skills to tackle it properly. In the meantime, I started another painting last night–starting with a drawing/underpainting in Burnt Sienna, and then I’ll see what to do next.
Good evening (or morning, or whatever time it is, wherever you are) and I hope this finds you safe and happy.